Anyone who likes to decoupage or do crafts that involve sealing images onto furniture, bottles, and other objects, you’ve most likely come across Mod Podge. It’s a great glue/sealant and can be used on all kinds of projects.
The only problem with it is that at around $8.00 for a small jar, it can get expensive if you use it a lot or have a larger project.
I’d heard of making your own and thought I would give it a try.
All you need is:
1 clean, dry jar with a lid
1 bottle of white glue
Pour your glue into your jar and add water. Many of the recipes out there called for a 50/50 mixture of glue to water but I found that to be a little too runny. I preferred a ratio more like 2 parts glue to 1 part water.
Apply just as you would your Mod Podge.
I wanted to test my new concoction out on a simple project. For this decorative jar, I just put a layer of glue right on the jar and then placed a strip of pretty paper over it. Then I just applied more glue on top of the paper and along the edges to seal it down.
I wiped off any excess glue left on the glass and let it dry.
This formula makes a matte finish, which I really love.
I’m used to the glossy look of Mod Podge, but I thought the matte looked great. You can’t even tell there is a sealant there.
If you want to try this and get started right away, here are some ideas of different ways to use your new mixture.
I’d probably stick with real Mod Podge if you’re doing a special project that might involve family photos or sentimental items. I’m sure it has ingredients that produce a longer lasting finish. But for fun little projects like the jar above, this DIY alternative is great!
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